The locals in Baitadi district have been in the grip of viral fever for some days due to change in the weather.

The District Hospital and other health facilities have been receiving increasing number of viral fever patients lately. Apart from viral fever, the health facilities were also attending to patients suffering from diarrhoea, according to Baitadi District Hospital Chief Basantaraj Joshi.

Patan Municipality Health Department Chief Madan Singh Mahara said the number of people affected by viral fever was spiking lately.

He said, "It's imperative to pay attention to hygiene and food habits since more people were infected with viral fever because of change in weather."

Around 30 viral fever patients visit Shreekot Health Post on a daily basis, said in-charge of the health post, Birsingh Bhat. He said, "The weather has changed. Due to dust and smoke, more people are suffering from fever these days." Kesharpur Health Centre's Inspector Mukeshkant Daya said there was a staggering number of viral fever patients in the lower areas of the district. Approximately 100 patients have been visiting the health centre daily for treatment.

Health workers have suggested paying attention to sanitation and hygiene, and food to ward off the infection.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.